Renowned for wisdom

In his online devotional today David Deffenbaugh wrote:

People were drawn to, desired, and appreciated wisdom.  Who today is renown for their wisdom?  The fact is, we’re just not that interested in it.

There’s no way to research if the percentage of fools today is greater than in the days of Solomon. But mankind today is drawn to entertainment, desires thrills for the moment, and appreciates a cheap laugh more than deep truth. People today are renowned for their studies in science, their attempts to break silly world records, or the lack of self-control of the rich and famous. We’re interested in comfort and gadgets and virtual gossip.

Let the family of God desire his wisdom and live in the discernment of his will, as did the eternal Son. Let their televisions be conspicuously silent, and their screens frequently dark. Let their hands be busy in the service of Christ and their resources given to the gospel. Let their thoughts turn often to heaven, and their words to the inspired Scriptures. Let their lives be undiluted beacons of light in a world drowning in the darkness of trivial pursuits.

Let Jesus Christ truly become for them the wisdom of God, 1 Cor 1.30.

#wisdom #Christ #Bible

Hugh’s News & Views (. . . Christianity)

QUESTIONS CONCERNING NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANITY

Last week we wrote under the caption “Questions For Christians About The Church.” This week, as a sequel, we write of “Questions Concerning New Testament Christianity.” Continue reading

#bible, #christianity, #hughfulford, #questions

Doctor dragged from United Airlines plane

 

The video of a doctor dragged bloodily from a United Airlines flight last Sunday by airport security personnel will long provoke anger, long after the episode is investigated and resolved. The video went viral, and United’s stock has taken a multi-million dollar drop in value.

One writer noted that it wasn’t United personnel responsible for the scene, but an airport security person. Regardless, it happened on a United flight and the company will bear the brunt of the criticism. Continue reading

#bible, #corollaries, #evangelism, #mission

VOTD: 2 Kings 23.25

“No king before or after repented before the Lord as he did, with his whole heart, soul, and being in accordance with the whole law of Moses.”

2 Kings 23.25

King Josiah totally destroyed all the altars and places of idolatry in his kingdom, after reading the rediscovered law, chap. 22.

Have we removed all idols in our lives, with our whole heart, soul, and being? If not, what remains?

#bible, #idolatry, #repentance, #votd, #wholeheartedness

My favorite Bible sites: No content but Bible

To get a devotional by email on the NLT.to site, you have to give them lots of personal information. No thanks! About the only thing they don’t ask for is your shoe size. That’s not a service, it’s a data-collection effort by the company.

Even if the version wasn’t my favorite, the site was once the best I’d ever seen, since it offered the Bible text only. (That’s my number one criterion.) Later, they offered the devotional material by email. It’s still one of the better ones. Continue reading

#bible, #bible-versions

Compact NET Bible at special price

If you’ve been thinking about buying a print Bible in the NET version, this might be the time to do it. The compact Bible in brown cover with Smyth-sewn binding is now just $6.50. A box of 32 goes for $100.00. They make great gifts.

You can order at this link. This is not an affiliate link. TFR receives nothing for this recommendation.

NET is a solid translation, available free online, with more than 60,000 notes, mostly related to the process of translation.

#bible, #bible-versions

Threats to The Great Commission

As time and technology progress, we need to abandon our naivete and realize the threats before us. Complaining about the rise of persecutions is normal, but not very productive.

In these times, courage is required to confront Satan and his forces. Yet, it’s worthless unless it’s combined with faith (Hebrews 11:6), perseverance (Romans 5:3) and the spiritual armament constructed by God (Ephesians 6:10-17). In addition, we must be wise, cautious and perceptive. Continue reading

#bible, #censorship, #evangelism, #great-commission, #preaching, #teaching

No fake news here

The internet is awash with talk of fake news. It almost seems like those who talk most about it are most guilty of it. It wouldn’t be the first time for something like that to happen.

The whole fake-news brouhaha appears to be politically motivated. Media groups pledge to root it out. They’re the same ones who were in the bag for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Something’s rotten in Denmark.

But we can expect such things from the world. Corruption and dishonesty are to be found at every turn.

In matters of the Spirit, however, we look for truth. We spurn human theologies and traditions in order to discover the right path of God. That search must turn to the Bible, where it will find its goal. Continue reading

#bible, #corollaries, #fake-news, #gospel-truth

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12-14-2016 Getting Jesus Right-Bible Order

The New Testament writers, “did not follow cunningly devised fables” (2 Peter 1:16 NKJV) when they wrote about Jesus Christ.  A “fable” is a “myth, fairy tale, or falsehood.” David said, “Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered” (Psalm 40:5 NKJV). Just reading the Bible “in order,” and without myths, builds a powerful, attractive case for us to love and serve Him.  He created our world and us from nothing, led the history of mankind to Jesus Christ, and showed us His love through the cross.  “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#bible, #without-myths

Memory requires exercise

Last night, in the airport, I asked The Missus for any telephone numbers she could remember of friends. I’d forgotten to take my cellphone. I was thinking that, if I had car problems on the hour-long drive home, at least I’d have some phone numbers written down in my agenda.

What few numbers I keep are in my cellphone. I couldn’t recall any number at all. Fortunately, she could.

Like most everything else, memory requires exercise. We complain that we can’t remember things. Our lack of memory is probably due to lack of mental exercise. We depend upon our devices to provide recall.

Considering our mental laziness, extra effort is needed to remember the Word of God. Things we need to do to remember it? Continue reading

#bible, #bible-memorization

Creeds are biblical and necessary, says author

At the moment, my life is at a point that I don’t even have time to read, much less reply to, this position of the biblical necessity of creeds. (Yes, I know that sounds ominous about me-self, but do not fear for me.) The title, however, makes clear that the position cuts across a basic thesis of our people. (And, it would seem, that of most people who claim to take the Bible alone as their authority.)

I’d be pleased to see a good answer given to this, nay, not just one, but many.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/book-reviews-what-christians-ought-to-believe

#creeds #creedalism #Bible

Love and be known

knowledge-booksAn old song says something to effect that “to know you is to love you.” They must have gotten that from the Bible, with a twist. Paul says, “But if someone loves God, he is known by God” 1Cor 8.3.

The apostle to the Gentiles was swatting down those who touted knowledge as the great value of the Way, who said that what you know makes you important. The only thing that knowledge does, by itself, is to puff you up, or, as we say where I grew up (which is where I am now), give you the big head. It makes you conceited. It does nothing for your brother in Christ. Continue reading

#bible, #corollaries, #knowledge, #love, #new-testament-pattern

Hugh’s News & Views (Malchus’ Ear)

MALCHUS’ EAR

Even seemingly trivial incidents recorded in scripture often contain great lessons for those who are willing to learn from them. The apostle Paul was absolutely right when he said, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable . . .” (II Timothy 3:16-17). Consider the following incident recorded in all four of the gospel records.

“And, suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear” (Matthew 26:51, NKJV). From this text, we do not know who cut off the ear of the servant of the high priest, we do not know the servant’s name, nor do we know which ear was cut off. Continue reading

#bible, #hermeneutics, #hughfulford, #salvation

What does the Bible say about the Resurrection

By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.bible4676

During Jesus’ personal ministry while on earth, He repeatedly told his followers that He would suffer and be killed, but then be raised on the third day (Matthew 16:21; Mark 8:31).

Jesus said, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up” (Matthew 17:22-23; Mark 9:31; 10:34; Luke 9:22; 18:33). The disciples were “exceedingly sorrowful” when Jesus told them about what was going to happen to Him, and Peter “began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You’” (Matthew 16:22).

But still His disciples didn’t understand and comprehend what Jesus was saying. After the death of Jesus His disciples forsook Him and went back to their former way of life before they had met Jesus. But as Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection His disciples remembered what he had told them about His death and resurrection, and they believed and understood.

In each of the gospel accounts about the life of Christ, near the close of their writings, they each tell about the resurrection of Jesus. Then about 50 days later Peter preached the gospel that included the resurrection (Acts 2:23-24; 29-32). And the resurrection of Jesus was central to the teaching of the early Christians (Acts 4:2; 17:18; 23:6).

Because of the resurrection the tomb of Jesus is empty, and He has ascended back to heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God. Without the resurrection, Christianity would not be a reality and would have no meaning. Thank God for the resurrection of Jesus!

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul discusses at length the resurrection of Jesus as the first fruits and showing that there will be a resurrection of all the dead at the last day. Jesus also taught this at John 5:28-29.

We ought to often reflect on the resurrection of Jesus. Christians do this in the observance of the Lord’s Supper the first day of each week (Acts 20:7).

Also, in our baptism we are buried and raised with Christ as a likeness of His resurrection (Romans 6:3-6).

#bible, #bible-study

Your most motivational Bible verse

What is the Bible verse that you keep coming back to, that gives you a lift when you’re down, that provides you comfort in your trials, that drives you to God in your sorrow? Please share it in the comments, with reference and text.

#bible, #guidance, #motivation